DIY 3D photography… coming up a bit short.
An ongoing project is currently driving my crazy all because I’m missing one piece to make it work.
The idea is to provide a cheap and acceptable way to do 3D photograph construction and viewing with a single picture.
The idea is as follows:
1. Obtain a large mirror finish ball or hemisphere.
2. Place it on the ground.
3. Take a picture from directly above zooming in to fill the the view of the camera but not cropping the sphere.
4. Crop the image to a square keeping the sphere in the center.
5. Use custom image software that reconstructs the sphere from a polar image to a rectangular one – giving a full 360 degrees of view along the horizon with some acceptable distortion at the top of the image. This will not be as good as the effect constructed from 6 pictures but should give a complete 360 degree panorama from a single shot.
My problem is that I cannot find a cheap solution for a mirrored sphere or hemisphere between 8-18 inches. Currently I’m not working so a 20 dollar or less solution would be best.